January 26th, 2010
04:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Vice President downplays Massachusetts loss

 'The reports of our demise are premature,' Vice President Biden told Democratic insiders Tuesday.
'The reports of our demise are premature,' Vice President Biden told Democratic insiders Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden told Democratic insiders Tuesday that the loss of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat last week stung but was not a fatal political blow. Biden also downplayed the notion that President Obama ever had a reliable 60 vote super majority in the Senate.

"The reports of our demise are premature," Biden said at a Democratic National Committee meeting, according to the pool report. "It's time everybody take a deep breath. Take a deep breath. Let's put this in perspective. Yeah, we took a hit and the frustration was aggravated by the fact that Teddy's seat was lost.

"That makes it sound more profound than it is. Yes it's had a practical impact, but I'm not so sure what a blessing 60 votes was. When we had 60 votes there was the expectation left, right, and center that we could do everything we wanted to do, which was never realistic. Never."

Biden's appearance before the DNC's National Finance Committee/National Advisory Board meeting in Washington came one day after his son, Beau, announced he would not seek his father's former Senate seat. The elder Biden held that seat from 1973 until he resigned to be vice president.

Biden also sought to shift some of the responsibility of governing to Republicans, who now have 41 votes in the Senate – enough to launch a filibuster – thanks to Scott Brown's upset win in Massachusetts.

"[T]hey are going to have to be accountable as well," Biden said.

And despite the recent spate of bad news for Democrats ranging from Brown's victory, the uncertainty of health care reform, Beau Biden's decision to forgo a Senate run, and retirements in the House, Biden vowed that the Obama administration will continue to push forward with its agenda.

"We're not backing off a single thing we believe in," Biden said.


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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I remember Bush saying "Mission Accomplished." What a typical lying conservative he and his partner in crime Cheney are.

    January 26, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. MatthewDetroit

    NO SNIFFITT...

    You are like all the other Democrats that REFUSE to face reality.

    We DO NOT WANT BARRYS health care bill.
    We DO NOT WANT PELOSIS health care bill.
    We DO NOT WANT REIDS heatlh care bill.

    We also dont want Cap and Trade.
    We dont want increased spending. 1.45 Trillion in debt this year. 1.35 Trillion in debt for 2010. Estimated 1.35 Trillion for 2011.

    Wake up. Massachusettes is a 65% registered DEM state and they voted NO on all of Baracks crap and spending. America wants JOBS not additional debt additional spending, and LIES about coverage for illegals. The lies are catching up to the dems. Face it SNIFFIT.

    January 26, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Bob

    HMMM, Change we can believe in. Yes, I think there will be big changes coming to many of the scurrying rat dems come November!! Great work!!

    January 26, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Rick CT

    More proof that we're better off when Biden keeps his mouth shut.

    January 26, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. MatthewDetroit

    By the way.... Kennedy with all his support for healthcare.....

    Was a...
    Benelovent Dictator.
    Drunk.
    Pervert.
    Dirty old man watching his nephews have sex from the closet..
    Held black people down, with the ideal of helping them out....
    Elitist...
    Hypocrite..... We love wind mills but not in my backyard...
    and a lousy human being...

    January 26, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    You libs just keep on believing Joe's story. It's no big deal, just one seat. Everything's going to be O.K. You and Obama are gonna establish a socialist Utopia right here in the U.S.A. and those ignorant voters will never figure out what is happening. Just Believe.

    January 26, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Ken

    This guys a total train wreck! I'm surprised he's let out of his cage.

    January 26, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Lola

    Brown specifically ran a campaign with the promise to be the "41st vote" to stop the healthcare bill. A bill that this amateur president is trying to ram down the throat of the American people! Way to go Joe, be in denial and you will be in a big surprise comes November!

    January 26, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. MatthewDetroit

    The BEST thing that can happen to any conservatives....

    Is that Democrats keep dreaming that they are right and that America wants the extreme left wing liberal agenda....

    They (dems) figure they can just run over people.
    They feel that it does not matter what america wants.
    They figure they can tell america what to do.

    Biden is part of that ignorance and ignorance is Bliss.
    I thank the dems for their ignorance...it will save america in 2010.
    Otherwise I was actually fearful the Dems would wake up in time.
    Thank you Dems.

    January 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I wonder why the right wingnut birthers who post on here think that they rspeak for the majority of Americans, when, in reality, they only make up 10% of the population.

    January 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. TS

    MatthewDetroit – Who is the we you speak of? Don't include me in your we.

    January 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Allison29

    Shame on Massachusetts....

    January 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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